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AmaDara Review

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AmaDara
4.5 / 5.0
26 reviews

Pros
Authenticity and Western options in everything from food to decor.
Cons
Pace can be slow for more active travelers and families.
Bottom Line
A well-crafted regional overview with excellent service and dining.

About

Passengers
124

Crew
52

Passenger to Crew
2.38:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
13
Sails To
Asia
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Sherri Eisenberg
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AmaDara Overview

AmaWaterways has had a presence in the Mekong since 2009 and AmaDara, which launched in 2015, is currently its only vessel on the river. The ship sails the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia from August to the end of April each year. The pace of these trips is relaxed and quiet, and the look and feel of the ship is designed to reflect the style of the region with lots of shiny wood -- from floors and paneling to intricately carved room dividers -- and fresh orchids throughout the vessel and even in the cabins.

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Service levels are high onboard, and -- with a maximum of 124 passengers -- it never feels like you're part of a large crowd struggling to do the same things at once. In fact, the crew members quickly learn your names and preferences. ("Maria knows we're dairy-free and so she brings me soy lattes every morning," said one passenger, to a table full of nods.)

The pace onboard is designed to show passengers life on the river without offering a schedule that's too challenging or taxing. On our sailing there were several families traveling with children, and the kids -- who ranged in age from kindergarten to high school -- seemed to enjoy the experience, though without organized activities onboard designed for little ones, it was on the parents to keep them entertained.


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Fellow Passengers

Passengers on this ship tend toward retirees and empty-nesters. They're generally English speakers, but not always American – and often you will find plenty of Brits and Canadians as well as a smattering of Aussies and English speakers from other parts of the world.


AmaWaterways AmaDara Dress Code

This is a casual ship, all day long, with no formal dress code requirements for dinner. Pack lightly and comfortably, both for the potential muddiness of some ports and for the hot weather of the region. Some passengers pack a slightly nicer outfit for the Chef's Table restaurant and the farewell dinner, but the line does not impose any restrictions.

AmaDara Inclusions 

Some tips, many drinks and all shore excursions are included in the fare. While wine is included at meals, both wine and cocktails -- except for those using local libations -- come with a fee in the lounge. Free internet and Wi-Fi are available throughout the ship, and there are also a couple of computer stations set up onboard for those who didn't bring laptops. The internet is fast enough for social media, email and surfing, but uploading photos and streaming video is not suggested. 

Gratuities are not included and the line suggests that you tip the crew $10 per person per pay and the cruise manager $3 per person per day. For bar bills and spa service, tipping is not required. All bills are listed in U.S. dollars.


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AmaDara Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.54.7
Dining5.04.8
Entertainment3.03.8
Public Rooms4.04.7
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family3.5N/A
Enrichment3.04.3
Service5.05
Value For Money4.54.6

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Where does AmaWaterways AmaDara sail from?

AmaWaterways AmaDara departs from Ho Chi Minh City

Where does AmaWaterways AmaDara sail to?

AmaWaterways AmaDara cruises to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Phnom Penh and Tan Chau

How much does it cost to go on AmaWaterways AmaDara?

Cruises on AmaWaterways AmaDara start from £2,299 per person.

Awards and Recognition

AmaWaterways AmaDara Member Reviews

Shipz
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Our first impression of the AmaDara was wow, what a delightful boat with wood panelling everywhere.... Read More
greenfinch
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The Amadara and her crew made our cruise unforgettable.... Read More
Buffyr
Sail Date: Sep 2019
The AmaDara is a beautiful ship.... Read More
craigs1214
Sail Date: Apr 2018
The AmaDara is a lovely well structured ,planned , crewed and managed ship one not to miss.... Read More

AmaWaterways Fleet

AmaDolce
4.5 / 5.0
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50 reviews

The 148-passenger AmaDolce, deployed in 2016 to France's Bordeaux region, offers an elegant and warm-hearted river cruise experience.

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AmaLyra

With a special wellness component, AmaWaterways' AmaLyra carries 148 passengers and sails itineraries on France's Seine River.

AmaDante

AmaWaterways' 148-passenger AmaDante debuted in 2008 and sails on the Danube, Main, Rhine and Mosel rivers.

AmaCello
4.0 / 5.0
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One of AmaWaterway's smaller 148-passenger vessels, AmaCello sails the Rhone and Saone rivers between Lyon and Arles in France.

AmaCerto

The majority of AmaCerto's staterooms feature double-balcony configurations. One side is a French verandah, with floor-to-ceiling doors that open wide, and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.

AmaPrima
5.0 / 5.0
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On AmaPrima the majority of staterooms feature double-balcony configurations: one side is a French verandah and the other is an actual balcony, with comfortable chairs.

AmaVida

Cabins on AmaVida range in size from 161 to 323 square feet; onboard amenities include two dining spaces, a heated pool and a small fitness center and spa.

AmaSonata
4.5 / 5.0
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AmaWaterways' 82-cabin AmaSonata offers an advanced design, a relaxed vibe and an active shore experience with hiking and biking excursions included in the fare.

AmaSerena
4.5 / 5.0
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The 164-passenger AmaSerena is a family-friendly river vessel, with connecting cabins with state-of-the-art entertainment -- most of which include twin balconies.

AmaDara
4.5 / 5.0
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AmaDara cruises on the Mekong River, through Vietnam and Cambodia. The 124-passenger vessel features 48 standard, 226-square-foot cabins, all of which have private twin balconies.

AmaViola
5.0 / 5.0
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AmaViola debuted in 2016, as part of AmaWaterways' European river fleet. The ship features family-friendly cabins, which is relatively unusual in the river cruise market.

AmaKristina
4.5 / 5.0
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Launched in 2017, AmaKristina. sails the Rhine River on seven-night itineraries in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland with optional land extensions.

AmaStella
4.5 / 5.0
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The first of AmaWaterways' ships custom-built to accommodate families, AmaStella debuted in 2016 as a Concerto-class vessel created with input from partners at Adventures By Disney.

AmaLea
4.5 / 5.0
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Set to debut in 2018, the 58-passenger AmaLea is the sister ship to AmaWaterways' AmaKristina and will be the 19th ship in the line's European fleet.

AmaMagna
4.5 / 5.0
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AmaWaterway's game-changing river ship is double the size of its other ships, making it the one of the largest on the Danube.

AmaMora
4.5 / 5.0
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Sister-ship to 2018's AmaLea, AmaMora is the latest evolution of AmaWaterways' comfortable and contemporary European-based river cruise ships.

AmaDouro

A comfortable way to cruise Portugal's Douro River, AmaDouro brings AmaWaterways' contemporary sensibilities to the land of port wine.

AmaSiena

Sister-ship to 2017’s AmaKristina, AmaSiena will be AmaWaterways’ newest contemporary ship on the rivers of Europe when she debuts in 2020, carrying just 156 passengers. 

AmaLucia

AmaWaterways’ newest river cruise ship brings contemporary style and elegance to the waterways of Europe.

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